Archive for April, 2013

By Mike Mattson Local Sports Journal Two Ada-area boys’ high school basketball teams used the summer American Youth Basketball Tour to prepare for impressive runs to the recent Ohio state finals. Ottawa Glandorf High School captured the Division III state championship with a 67-46 win against Versaille at the Value City Arena in Columbus. Leipsic, meanwhile, fell short in a Division IV 87-63 title-game loss to Cleveland Villa Angela-St. Joseph.   Read More ...

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By Shawn Liverance Local Sports Journal Since moving to the Ludington area, the American Youth Basketball Tour has been a hit with players and their families. “The Lake Michigan beach is the main attraction for families coming to Ludington,” AYBT Co-Director Jim Goorman said. “It is a resort town and many families like to camp or stay near the beach and spend time between games at the beach.” Originally centered   Read More ...

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Local Sports Journal Jack Vinton The town of Reading, Pennsylvania will play host to an American Youth Basketball Tour event this weekend. AYBT will host the tournament on April 27th and April 28th at Albright College. The two-day event will include boys’ teams only, ranging from third graders all the way up to high school varsity players. The director of this tournament, Denny Parks, played collegiately at Central Michigan University.   Read More ...

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By Mike Mattson Local Sports Journal Caledonia High School will be a hot spot for the American Youth Basketball Tour on May 11-12. About 40 teams are expected for the weekend Michigan Championship Series West, which enters its third season. “This tournament combines the AYBT developmental emphasis with a more competitive edge,” said Director Todd Schenck. Teams are guaranteed four games, with three round-robin contests taking place on Saturday. Medals   Read More ...

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By Mike Mattson Local Sports Journal American Youth Basketball Tour is back on the radar in the Traverse City area. AYBT makes a return to the region when Kingsley hosts a boys’ preseason tournament on Saturday, April 27 for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. About 20 teams are expected for the one-day, pool-play event at Kingsley High School. Co-Director Jim Goorman said AYBT is making a small splash in Kingsley   Read More ...

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By Mike Mattson Local Sports Journal BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – David Kreps is a sharp salesman for the American Youth Basketball Tour. Kreps serves as director of the national tournament in Bloomington, Ill., and doesn’t hesitate to trump the positives about AYBT and Bloomington. “Here’s why teams like our event,” Kreps said. “We are very well organized. Things run on time. Our facilities are located in Bloomington and Normal. (People) comment   Read More ...

By Jason Goorman Co-Publisher Local Sports Journal The Local Sports Journal is happy to announce the kickoff of its new website featuring the American Youth Basketball Tour’s 2013 season. Localsportsjournal.com/aybt will feature stories on each of AYBT’s 56 events from April through July. Players, teams, and coaches will also be highlighted on this new site. The first published story features AYBT’s national event in Fort Wayne. Jim Clay’s Northwest Ohio tournament also is featured   Read More ...

By Mike Mattson Local Sports Journal For 18 years, the American Youth Basketball Tour (AYBT) has offered middle and high school student-athletes the opportunity to play summer basketball in a tournament-like atmosphere. AYBT has also delivered valuable lessons on and off the court. This year is no different as Fort Wayne will once again host AYBT’s national tournament with grades 8-12 going July 17-20 and grades 3-7 going July 21-24.   Read More ...

By Mike Mattson Local Sports Journal Many area high school basketball teams point to Ada, Ohio for a big part of their summer training. They compete in Ada’s American Youth Basketball Tour event in large numbers. “We have players and teams playing in the Tour from virtually every high school program in Northwest Ohio,” veteran AYBT Indiana/Ohio Director Jim Clay said. “It’s a great program for school teams as 75 percent   Read More ...

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July 7/5/2014 – Dayton (OH); 7/5/2014 – Toledo/Bowling Green (OH); 7/5/2014 – Bloomington (OH) 2 Hoops for Troops; 7/11/2014 – Ludington (MI); 7/12/2014 – Rockford (IL); 7/12/2014 – Evensville (IN) Elite Shootout; 7/12/2014 – Decatur (IL) 3; 7/12/2014 – Southwest (St. Joseph, MI) Michigan Slam; 7/12/2014 – Ada (OH) 2; 7/16/2014 – Fort Wayne (IN) 1 Nationals; 7/17/2014 – Bloomington (IL) Nationals; 7/20/2014 – Fort Wayne (IL) 2 Nationals; 7/26/2014   Read More ...

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